Persians’ Love Affair With Pomegranate

Persians’ Love Affair With Pomegranate


Handmade pomegranate set of 2 made of ceramic. for decorative use. 
Dimensions are approximate.  Height 7cm, diameter 4cm, weight without packing 51 gram.

"One of the oldest and most beloved fruits known to mankind, the red pomegranate, native to southwestern Asia around the Caspian Sea, has been grown in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Turkey, Armenia and Israel for more than 3,500 years."- Joan Nathan

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The pomegranate originally came from Persia, or modern day Iran, and the western Himalayas. It migrated as far east as China and Southeast Asia and was found along the Silk Road as a symbol of abundance and posterity.

Pomegranates were highly valued in Ancient Egypt, and were part of the supply of fruits required in a pharaoh's residence (1600 BC). It was revered enough to have been painted on walls and tombs to symbolize life after death. The pomegranate had many uses, including the fruit as food, the juice as a tonic to kill parasites, the blossom was crushed to make a red dye, and the peel was used to dye leather. In many cases, the pomegranate surpassed its status as a highly celebrated source of food, and became part of the lore and legends of a culture. It was celebrated by the Buddha, and was considered one of the three blessed fruits, often being represented in Buddhist art. It was also depicted on the Temple of the Founder of Zen, to honor Bodhidharma.